the ‘freedom’ portable water purifier by steripen

steripen has produced ‘freedom‘, a highly portable purifier that uses UV light to sterilize water for drinking. the company is well-known for its water purification devices, of which ‘freedom’ is the lightest and smallest at 5.1 inches long by 1.4 inches wide and 0.8-inches deep (130 x 35 x 22 mm) and a weight of 2.6 ounces (74 g).

the device need only be immersed in up water and its UV lamp will illuminate, within 48 seconds (per 0.5 L of water) killing over 99.9% of bad bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. ‘freedom’ offers 40 treatments on a single charge, while the UV lamp and battery last for over 8,000 uses. the device recharges via a micro USB port, connectable to computers, solar chargers, or normal wall outlets. the device also features an LED flashlight.

available in fall 2011, ‘freedom’ retails for 120 USD.

portable water purifier by steripen full 3/4 view of the device

overview and demo of the device

via popgadget